Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez Tuesday laid a wreath
at the tomb of Liberator Simón Bolívar and the monument
to indigenous chief Guaicaipuro, amid the commemoration of
the "Day of the Indigenous Resistance," called this way under
a presidential decree dated October 2002.
The "Day of the Indigenous Resistance" -commemorated on October
12- was formerly known in Venezuela as Discovery Day.
The event was attended by representatives of several indigenous
communities from the states of Zulia, Amazonas, Bolívar,
Delta Amacuro, Anzoátegui, and Apure.
An fair called "Meeting of Indigenous Peoples and Communities"
is taking place at Los Próceres Boulevard, southwest
Caracas, including an exhibition of handicrafts, food and
bibliography related to the Venezuelan ethnic groups, as well
as cultural events.